More than 6,500 secondary school students start their State examinations in Galway today, Wednesday, with English first on the cards for both Junior and Leaving Cert students.
The boys outnumber the girls this year, with 1,617 male students registered for the Leaving Cert, compared to 1,558 females, bringing the total to 3,175. 43 female and 34 male students will also sit Leaving Cert Applied exams in Galway.
In total, close to 60,000 students across the country will sit the Leaving Cert over the next few weeks, with the exams officially concluding on Friday, 23 June.
As usual, English Paper One kicks off the start of the 13 day examination period at 9.30am this morning, followed by Home Economics in the afternoon. Engineering and English Paper 2 will be on the cards on Thursday, followed by Geography and Maths on Friday.
For the 3,290 Galway students sitting the Junior Cert, English is also first on the agenda today, followed by CSPE in the evening.
Irish Paper One and Paper Two are scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday), with Geography and Maths Paper One also getting underway during the first week of exams.
More boys than girls will sit the Junior Cert in Galway this year, with 1,675 boys registered, compared to 1,615 girls.
The last of the Junior Cert exams will take place on Wednesday, 21 June.
Keep things in perspective
ASTI President Ed Byrne this week urged students to “remain calm and positive throughout the exams”. “While some level of anxiety is normal, it is really important to keep things in perspective,” said Mr. Byrne. “No one exam is going to make or break you as a person. Exams are a part of life, but they are not everything. If you have a bad exam paper, don’t over analyse it. Focus on keeping well and move on to the next exam. Take time to prepare for each exam, but balance this with eating well, getting exercise and rest, and take time to wind down every evening. This is the best way to get through the exams period.”
Students will have to wait until Wednesday, 16 August for their Leaving Cert results, while Junior Cert students will receive theirs in mid-September.